Montgomery's Hand Tops List of Injuries

The Redskins dive into preparations for the upcoming season.
By Jason La Canfora and Jason Reid
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Washington Redskins suffered a handful of injuries during yesterday's intrasquad scrimmage, with the most prominent being defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery breaking a bone in his right hand while making a tackle. Montgomery, a starter, said he was not in too much pain after the injury, though X-rays indicated a broken carpal bone.

Montgomery is scheduled to have surgery tomorrow and will be out at least 10 days. Linebacker Rian Wallace broke a bone in his right hand and also will have surgery tomorrow and miss at least 10 days. Rookie offensive lineman Kerry Brown strained his left shoulder and is out one to two weeks.

The Redskins lost starting defensive end Phillip Daniels for the season on the first day of camp a week ago, and injuries have since mounted. Montgomery said several teammates piled into him as he was trying to wrap up a tackle.

"I think I should be all right," Montgomery said. "It don't feel too bad."

Coach Jim Zorn said the team did not have a timetable for Montgomery's return at this point, though when he does get back on the field he likely will wear a large protective wrap for some time. First, the swelling must decrease, and then after a period of rest the Redskins expect him to practice again.

"It depends on how his body heals," Zorn said. Most of Washington's injured players watched the scrimmage, with only Brown excused.

Scrimmage Report

Although the first-team offense struggled to extend drives and produced only two touchdowns and one field goal in the one-hour scrimmage, the Redskins are making progress in their new West Coast scheme, Zorn said.

"We got to see the things in the area that we wanted to see," he said. "We did not sustain a couple of the drives, so we weren't able to get down further in the territory as you wanted, and that's what our defense did well. They kept us out of field goal range."

The plan was for the first- and second-team offenses to each get 25-30 plays, "and I think we got that," Zorn said. Quarterback Jason Campbell appeared sharp on the first drive, which ended with his two-yard touchdown run.

Later in the scrimmage, Campbell teamed with tight end Todd Yoder on a 10-yard touchdown pass. Overall, Campbell completed 15 of 22 passes for 122 yards.

Nine members of the projected first-team offense played. Stephon Heyer played in place of left tackle Chris Samuels, and running back Rock Cartwright filled in for Clinton Portis (Ladell Betts also was held out because of a thigh injury).

Zorn was pleased with Campbell's performance on the first drive but said he must play faster and continue to work on his mechanics. Campbell hesitated on some throws, Zorn said, adversely affecting the tempo of the offense.

"That first drive was excellent," Zorn said. "Early they looked very good, [but] I really get upset with, you've already heard it from me, tempo and just being able to go in there and every play in and play out" playing fast.

Campbell said he is becoming more comfortable in the offense, but "you're not as comfortable with some plays as you are with others."

Only three projected starters played on defense: safety Reed Doughty, linebacker Marcus Washington and Montgomery. "We decided to sit a handful of guys knowing that we kind of know what they're doing."

That was fine with the offense, wide receiver Santana Moss said.

"Those guys probably put a little more work in than what they needed to during the week, so their coaches gave 'em a little break," Moss said of the defense. "We're all going to get our fair share of work. What I like about this camp is we're working hard. You can see it out there on this field there's no wasted time, no wasted motion.

"I like the way Coach is getting on everybody and letting it be known that, for us to play this game, we got to be out here and going through the stuff we're going through. It was a good start for us today. It was one of those days you want to come out and show the fans something, but we have a long way to go and we understand that."

Crowds Cause Delays

Record crowds descended upon Redskins Park for the scrimmage, jamming roads for miles in every direction and causing massive delays. The team announced 28,000 people attended the annual fan day, topping 2004's crowds when Joe Gibbs came back from retirement, and the lines began forming early in the morning.

Cars lined up all along the Loudoun County Parkway, with backups topping 90 minutes just to move a few miles to the practice facility. Some people were driving across the grassy median area to turn back in the opposite direction, and by the time the scrimmage began at 2 p.m., spectators were parking their cars on any grassy space available off to the side of the road, with the scene looking like something out of Woodstock.

"When I came out here it was like we had a carnival going on or something," Moss said. Zorn called the turnout "unbelievable." . . .

Capitals General Manager George McPhee fought through the traffic to see the scrimmage as a guest of Executive Vice President of Football Operations Vinny Cerrato. . . .

Backup quarterback Todd Collins completed 8 of 13 passes for 52 yards with one interception. Colt Brennan (4 of 7, 22 yards) and Derek Devine (2 of 6, 14 yards) are competing for the No. 3 job. Running back Eric Shelton had 15 yards on four carries to lead all rushers. Place kicker Shaun Suisham converted both of his point-after attempts and his only field goal attempt, connecting from 32 yards. The Redskins will have a single practice today, at 8:30 a.m.

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